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Battery Energy Storage and FERC Decision | The Energy Collective

Battery Energy Storage and FERC Decision | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If the price of grid-scale energy storage fell to zero dollars per megawatt-hour, regulators and utilities would still be puzzled in how to deploy the boon of energy storage.
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Climate Change Research and Defamation Lawsuit | The Energy Collective

Climate Change Research and Defamation Lawsuit | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Decisions were handed in DC Superior Court affirming scientist Michael Mann’s right to proceed in his defamation lawsuit against CEI and the National Review Online for their accusations of data manipulation and fraud.
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When a Heat Wave is the Future, You Need Better Air Conditioning: Scientific American Podcast

When a Heat Wave is the Future, You Need Better Air Conditioning: Scientific American Podcast | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Hundreds have died of heat exhaustion in the U.K. this summer. Pavement buckled across the eastern and central U.S. where a heat wave is broiling 21 states. Australia set new record high temperatures in their most recent summer. Anyone born after February 1985 has never lived through a month that was cooler than the 20thcentury’s global average.

The heat means higher demand for air conditioning, a technology that turned 111 this week. AC ranges from a luxury to a necessity to a literal life-saver:

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Nest Rush Hour Rewards Save Money And Energy

Nest Rush Hour Rewards Save Money And Energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I love Nest. I don't even use the revolutionary thermostat, and I love them.
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If You’re an American, You’re Sicker Than You Should Be

If You’re an American, You’re Sicker Than You Should Be | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the wake of a startling report highlighting the United States’ poor health compared with other wealthy nations, the report’s director searches for answers.
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'Intelligent knife' tells surgeon which tissue is cancerous - Independent.ie

'Intelligent knife' tells surgeon which tissue is cancerous - Independent.ie | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An "intelligent" knife that knows when it is cutting through cancerous tissue is being tested in three hospitals.
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A Shuffle of Aluminum, but to Banks, Pure Gold

A Shuffle of Aluminum, but to Banks, Pure Gold | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Regulators have allowed banks to buy companies that trade in commodities, resulting in huge profits for the banks and higher prices for consumers.
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Anger over Spanish corruptioin spills into streets

Anger over Spanish corruptioin spills into streets | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Madrid (UPI) Jul 19, 2013 -
Public anger over claims of widespread corruption in government spilled into the streets of Madrid, leaving many injured in clashes between protesters and police.
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China to impose duties on US, S. Korean solar material

China to impose duties on US, S. Korean solar material | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing, Beijing Shi (AFP) July 19, 2013 - China is to impose provisional anti-dumping duties on imports of solar-grade polysilicon, a key raw material for solar panels, from the US and South Korea, the government said.
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Six Tech Advancements Changing the Fossil Fuels Game

Six Tech Advancements Changing the Fossil Fuels Game | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 22, 2013 -
Oil and gas is getting bigger, deeper, faster and more efficient, with new technology chipping away at peak oil concerns.
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HMC Farms Hedges Against Utility Power with Massive Cenergy Power Solar Farm

HMC Farms Hedges Against Utility Power with Massive Cenergy Power Solar Farm | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Kingsburg CA (SPX) Jul 22, 2013 -
HMC Farms has taken a huge green leap forward by moving forward with Cenergy Power on a 10 acre solar photovoltaic (PV) farm.
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Driverless tractors till German high-tech farm

Driverless tractors till German high-tech farm | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Derenburg, Germany (AFP) July 21, 2013 - As the harvest nears, the employees of German farmer Klaus Muenchhoff are busy making the final checks on imposing tractors ready to roll into the golden fields.
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Why crop rotation works

Why crop rotation works | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Norwich, UK (SPX) Jul 22, 2013 -
Crop rotation has been used since Roman times to improve plant nutrition and to control the spread of disease.
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Intermittency Of Renewables?… Not So Much

Intermittency Of Renewables?… Not So Much | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Below was a great summary (if a bit simplified in parts) comment from one of our readers on one of our posts last week. I thought it deserved a few more eyes.

 

To sum up the so-called “intermittency and storage” problem for renewables: Geothermal has no intermittency issues and experiences fewer ephemeral shut downs than coal, nuclear, and natural gas. Solar thermal — with molten salt as its storage medium — can be designed to have no intermittency issues. Offshore wind yields power more or less 24/7 with relatively limited intermittency compared with onshore wind. The two most common sources of renewable electricity, onshore wind and solar photovoltaics, are, of course, complementary: wind turbines (which, in the case of GE, already have built-in storage capacity) yield more power at night, while solar panels yield power during the day; hence, used in tandem, they can provide electricity 24/7 with “intermittency” being experienced only locally at each individual solar installation. 

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How The World Can Save $2.9 Trillion Dollars A Year (VIDEO)

How The World Can Save $2.9 Trillion Dollars A Year (VIDEO) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jonathan T. Scott is a sustainability expert who has been educating current and future business managers for over 9 years on how their businesses can reduce waste and become more profitable.
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“Technologies That Could Change Everything”

“Technologies That Could Change Everything” | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Edit (July 22, 2013): A reader notes that 100% electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles should also be included here as revolutionary technologies. I fully agree.
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Greeks say gold mines will pollute environment, harm local business

Greeks say gold mines will pollute environment, harm local business | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Gold mining operations will pay no government royalties.

  

Canada's Eldorado Gold (NYSE:EGO) may have gotten a thumbs up from the Greek government on its gold projects in the country but many inhabitants of the Halkidiki peninsula have not backed down on demands to stop the mining operations.

 
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America’s Health Disadvantage

America’s Health Disadvantage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The United States shockingly ranks at or near the bottom compared with other advanced nations.
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Disappearing Product Packaging Will Blow Your Mind

Disappearing Product Packaging Will Blow Your Mind | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For his senior thesis, Pratt Institute student Aaron Mickelson found a way to fix America's trash problem.
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Algerian energy sector in decline amid security concerns

Algerian energy sector in decline amid security concerns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Algiers, Algeria (UPI) Jul 19, 2013 - Algeria's oil industry, its economic mainstay, is in decline amid dramatic changes across the Arab world that could yet bring political upheaval to the pivotal North African state, a major gas supplier to...
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Indonesian graft court jails third Chevron employee

Indonesian graft court jails third Chevron employee | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Jakarta (AFP) July 19, 2013 - An Indonesian ant-corruption court on Friday jailed a third employee of the local subsidiary of US energy giant Chevron Corporation, in a case that has spooked foreign investors.
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CSU researchers explore creating biofuels through photosynthesis

CSU researchers explore creating biofuels through photosynthesis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fort Collins TX (SPX) Jul 22, 2013 - An interdisciplinary team of Colorado State University researchers has received a $2 million National Science Foundation grant to research new routes to the sustainable production of biofuels using...
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LADWP Officials Announce Expanded Electric Vehicle Program

LADWP Officials Announce Expanded Electric Vehicle Program | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jul 22, 2013 - The Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners on Tuesday approved expanded and improved electric vehicle (EV) charger rebates for home, workplace and public charging through the Los Angeles...
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Water at risk from power plants, climate change

Water at risk from power plants, climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington (UPI) Jul 19, 2013 -
The U.S. electric power sector is putting a strain on the nation's water resources, a Union of Concerned Scientists report warns.
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Malawi faces food shortage

Malawi faces food shortage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Blantyre, Malawi (AFP) July 20, 2013 - Nearly 10 percent of Malawi's 13 million people face hunger due of low yields of the main staple maize, prolonged dry spells and flooding, a report released Saturday said.
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